About Us


OUR MISSION

Worthwhile Wear exists to reach and restore women affected by human trafficking, which is today's modern day slavery. 

RIDING ACROSS AMERICA

TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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OUR PROGRAMS

The issue of Human trafficking is a global matter, and our response should be as wide-reaching as the need. Worthwhile Wear has sought to address this extensive area of need, by adapting a multi-prong approach to meet the varied needs. Worthwhile Wear provides vocational training and employment in its overseas programs (primarily in India; cities of Mumbai & Pune), where economics is one of the driving factors of human trafficking. In the US, Worthwhile Wear’s programs address the need of long-term restorative services, housing and employment for US survivors of human trafficking through its housing & aftercare program, The Well.





Worthwhile Wear India






Worthwhile Wear India

Worthwhile Wear has identified poverty as one of the leading causes for trafficking in many countries. In order to address this root cause, Worthwhile Wear operates vocational and employment centers in India, providing women the opportunity to get out and stay out of human trafficking. Our strategy to effectively and efficiently address the issue of human trafficking revolves around our concerted effort to partner with already existing organizations and local government and law enforcement agencies. Instead of starting new locations on our own, Worthwhile Wear looks to partnerships to help subsidize the typically draining effects of building an infrastructure from scratch. We aren't reinventing the wheel, but we are working to organize the many “spokes” better, and make the “wheel” more effective. Our networking strategy with already existing organizations, allows for collaborative solutions to eradicate the sex slave trade. Too many organizations try to go it alone, but we see how much more effective we are when we join our knowledge, experience, and efforts. If Worthwhile Wear cannot locate an organization in an area that desperately needs a vocational/employment/education center, then we will start a new facility in that area


THE WELL

The Well program is located on 83 acres within Bucks County, PA that is zoned for residential group homes. The house was completely renovated during the summer of 2014, largely through the efforts of volunteers who provided both labor and materials. The Well program was created to provide long-term housing (up to 2 yrs) and to empower women affected by commercial sexual exploitation or sex trafficking, providing them with the necessary coping tools to work through past trauma, complete educational benchmarks if necessary, provide long-term employment options, and secure affordable housing. The Well offers therapeutic classes all geared to fulfill the purpose of the program which is a comprehensive response to and recovery from sexual trauma for women 18 years and older regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation or sex trafficking. The Well’s residential program provides long-term secure housing as a haven from the social, psychological and economic factors. The services provided by The Well at no cost to the participants include:
  • Housing for up to two years
  • Vocational training & Employment: Worthwhile Thrift & Freedom Boutique
  • Meals
  • Clothing
  • Individual and group counseling (trauma-informed and evidence-based)
  • Transportation
  • Life Skills (Cleaning/chores, Laundry, Grocery shopping, Cooking/baking, Financial Management)
  • Wellness (Health literacy, Nutrition, Exercise)
  • Education: Tutoring, working to complete schooling (i.e. GED, Associates Degree, Bachelor Degree, various certifications for fields of work)
  • Mentoring; relationship building
  • Creative Activities: art, music, writing (recreational and therapeutic)
  • Recreation: games, crafts, outside & physical activities (i.e. rock climbing, horseback riding, bicycling, Yoga, etc.)
  • Access to services in the community: substance abuse programs and support groups; medical and dental care; victim services (case management and legal)
  • Spiritual growth
These services are provided in a safe environment for healing and restoration for up to two years to The Well participants with the goal of developing a foundation of recovery and stability so they are equipped to live independent and healthy lives.



Worthwhile Thrift & Freedom Boutique

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Worthwhile Thrift & Freedom Boutique

We are very excited to announce the opening of Freedom Boutique and Worthwhile Thrift! The stores are located in Pipersville, PA and serve as an additional financial support for Worthwhile Wear and its restorative programs. The Freedom Boutique will feature Worthwhile Wear merchandise as well as other items made by the hands of the free, while Worthwhile Thrift will run as a traditional thrift store.


OUR STORY


Our Story

The desire to be part of the solution to human trafficking started in 2010 when a young couple came to our church to share their involvement with girls in the sex slave trade. For months the desire to do something burned inside, and eventually became an all consuming call to do my part. From that desire to do more, Worthwhile Wear was born, and now today we operate in India, have launched housing and restorative services in America in our program called The Well, have launched two stores, Worthwhile Thrift & Freedom Boutique, and are engaging the young adult culture through our Worthwhile>>GO initiative. Worthwhile Wear is a 501c3 tax exempt organization, and serves as the parent organization over these different programs, initiative and stores. The 501c3 status allows us to raise additional funding to be used in purchasing needed supplies and equipment for developing educational facilities in areas where trafficking is common, as well as launch additional housing and restorative services in the US under Worthwhile Wear's, The Well, program.  

I myself grew up in Ukraine as a missionary, I serve as the Chair on the Board of Directors for Liberty Ministries (www.LibertyMinistries.us), and with God's guidance, I left my sales and marketing position at local Engineering & Manufacturing company in an effort to fully commit myself to this cause. I have the support and help of my wife and two children, and we are committing ourselves to provide for and support these women. 

Daniel J. Emr Sr. 
Founder and Executive Director
Worthwhile Wear
The Well - Worthwhile Thrift - Freedom Boutique - Worthwhile GO

Our Team


OUR TEAM

Overcoming the issue of human trafficking is only accomplished as a team, and here at Worthwhile Wear we think we have the best team and would like to introduce you to them:


WorthWhile Wear Team

DANIEL EMR

Founder & Executive Director of Worthwhile Wear

STEPHANIE EMR

Founder & Director of Operations

LUANN RITTENHOUSE

Manager of Communications and Community Engagement

KELLEY FITZGERALD ROYCE

Manager of Development

The Well

US based Program of Worthwhile Wear

KAREN KUTZNER

Program Director

JENNIFER ZUCK

Clinical Director

RHONDA KELLER

Senior House Coach

WORTHWHILE WEAR INDIA

SHASHI RAJAN

Program Director, Pune, India

BENJAMIN RAJAN

Finance Manager, Pune India

DAMI DAN

Program Manager, Pune India


Worthwhile Thrift & Freedom Boutique

BROOKE ENGELBART

Store Manager

KRISTIN HARDING

Warehouse Support

HANNAH NIXON

Assistant Store Manager

Worthwhile>>GO

The active awareness and fundraising arm of Worthwhile Wear

JAY ATLAS

Community Outreach & Advocate

SYLVESTER (SLY) WILLIAMS

Community Outreach & Advocate 

JONATHAN MOORE

Community Outreach & Advocate

 

 

 

 

Meet the minds that help lead and guide all the big decisions of Worthwhile Wear. We are very grateful for all the time and resources that our Board of Directors selflessly donate to make Worthwhile Wear succeed.


Board of Directors

KAREN DALY SMITH

Board Chair

CORY DERSTEIN

Vice Chair

DALE PRINGLE

Treasurer

DR. LUCILLE FERRANTE

Secretary

MICHELE HEWITT

Board Member

JOHN REININGER

Board Member

DANIEL EMR

Board Member